Les parasols de Claude Viallat
AS PART OF THE EXHIBTION "ESCALE RIVE GAUCHE" LE BON MARCHÉ RIVE INVITES THE ARTIST CLAUDE VIALLAT
Come to celebrate Summer on the Rive Gauche! For its Summer exhibition "Escale Rive Gauche" Le Bon Marché invites the French well-known artist Claude Viallat. Based in Nîmes in the South of France, he created in 1966 his "forme quelconque" which could be related to an ossicle and became over time his work's signature. This "forme quelconque" is declined through many unexpected and wide supports which often come from the environment such as industrial textiles, sheets or umbrellas.
Viallat's signature: the form
Claude Viallat's work is based on a very single form he created. According to him it is a "non geometric or natural shape". He denies any symbolic interpretation and explains that it is first and foremost governed by abstraction.
The mysterious design has been endlessly reinvented through colors (vivid or contrasted), edges, textures or the rythm of contrasts.
Claude Viallat's form has become the common thread of his work and is imbued with a formal, colorful and single sensuality, easy to recognize.
Renew the supports
Claude Viallat gives life to his designs by putting them on any kind of unexpected supports such as tarpaulins, sails or umbrellas in order to get rid off the traditional canvas. Unlike a smooth and white canvas, these supports have a forme, an history and a single material and make Viallat want to paint and create. Hence the design interacts with the support to create vivid chromatic combinations. Look at the joyful umbrellas exhibited near Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche's entrance located at the corner of rue du Bac and rue de Babylone.
Claude Viallat's work is part of the art collection of Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche. "Sans titre numéro 34" (1984) can be admired on the first floor of the store.
Claude Viallat is represented by Galerie Templon.